Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

A Musical Life: Dee Starkey

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“My name is Dee Starkey and I’ve been in Wichita most of my life.

My parents, Jim and Sally, were musicians and educators. Dad had a dance band would let me help set up stands at the Trig Ballroom, Lassen, Allis and Broadview Hotels. Mom was an early pioneer in music therapy and education for special needs children, teaching at the Institute of Logopedics, along with Betty Welsbacher and Marilyn Pirtle.

I suppose it says a lot about my upbringing that the favorite magazines at the Starkey house were Saturday Review and Down Beat.

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Music
2:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

October Ushers In Harrison, Williams And Baseball On Strange Currency

George Harrison's Wonderwall Music
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Wednesday, October 1: Released in late 1968, Wonderwall Music was the debut solo recording from Beatle George Harrison. Serving as the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, the album is composed almost entirely of instrumental pieces and is an example of Harrison’s longstanding fascination with Indian music. We’ll hear selections from that album on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Floresta, the latest release from singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Dolls On Fire Moves Toward Cohesion

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Zach Hodson of Dolls on Fire says that when he and band co-founder Rachel Jaggard began writing material for the band a few years ago, their influences were far-flung and that it showed in the group’s music, especially on the debut recording, Ladies and Gentlemen …. Hodson’s influences were mostly in the early rock of the ’50s and ‘60s, while Jaggard’s were more diverse.

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Music
2:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Springsteen Tribute, Hendrix Reissues And The Return Of A Black Crowe

Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.
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Tuesday, September 23: Dead Man’s Town is a recreation of Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. It features contributions from Blitzen Trapper, Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires, and the North Mississippi Allstars among others. The album was a multimillion seller for Springsteen and a commercial triumph after his under-selling 1982 release, Nebraska. We’ll hear from both recordings on this episode of the show.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Musical Life: Kendall Wohaska

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Kendall Wohaska is a local musician, composer, and teacher in Wichita where he has performed with his own band, The Luna Copii Trio, as well as The Bodo Ensemble, The Small Container Ensemble, and Allison Miller. Primarily interested in noise rock and avant-garde music in his teens, Wohaska continues to pursue aural textures as an essential part of composition and improvisation. Wohaska recently graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Music Performance.

“My name is Kendall Wohaska and I play guitar in the band the Luna Copii Trio.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Picturebooks Prepare Take To Road With ‘Imaginary Horse’

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When it came time for The Picturebooks to record a new album, the band decided to retreat to a place that was familiar—guitarist and vocalist Finn Grabke’s garage. Filled with motorcycle parts, tools and other familiar trappings, the room also offered Grabke and drummer Philipp Mirtschink plenty room to stretch out. That allowed them the chance to capture the sound of the room, which made for a much airier sound on the record.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rose’s Pawn Shop Rises With 'Gravity Well'

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When the members of California’s Rose’s Pawn Shop sat down to make their new album, Gravity Well, they decided to work, for the second time in their career, with an outside producer. This time it was Ted Hutt, a man who had worked in the past with bands such as Gaslight Anthem.

Rose’s Pawn Shop guitarist Paul Givant says he couldn’t be happier with that decision.

“He was really hands on and had a long of strong opinions," he says. "We actually appreciated that. It helped us sculpt the record in a way that we weren’t really able to in the past.”

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Music
10:36 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle Return; Plus: A Visit To Earth

Hiss Golden Messenger's Lateness of Dancers
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Tuesday, September 16: Lateness of Dancers is the latest release from musicians M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch who perform under the name Hiss Golden Messenger. The music is acoustic-based and intimate with songs that touch on hard times and the hopes and fears of raising a family, among many other topics. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, the latest release from September featured artist Robert Plant.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cherokee Maidens Swing With Debut Recording

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Cherokee Maidens is a trio focused on the pristine harmonies of Western swing music but band co-founder Robin Macy says the trio’s debut album is about so much more.

“The three harmony vocals kind of drive the record but the music has a bit of a variety to it.”

It’s all swing music—well, mostly—and most of the songs are standards culled from the songbooks of Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and Merle Travis. But there’s even an exception to that via Darrell Scott’s “Head South.”

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Music
8:53 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Half Japanese, Blonde Redhead Return And Spirits Hover

Overjoyed, the latest album from Half Japanese
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Tuesday, September 9: North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been praised for its blend of music from the 1960s (especially The Band) and contemporary sounds (think: Dr. Dog). The group’s debut album, The Right State of Mind is out now and we’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as from Adult Roommates the latest from Somebody’s Darling, a release that appeals to fans of Bonnie Raitt and The Heartless Bastards.

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